Ranil Wickremesinghe -- six times Sri Lanka's prime minister -- realised his long cherished dream when he arrived on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, to inaugurate the country's parliament, finally as its president.
IMAGE: Staff at Sri Lanka's parliament try to open the main door before President Wickremesinghe arrives. All photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
IMAGE: Wickremesinghe told parliament that talks with the IMF will begim this month to find a way out of Sri Lanka's dire economic crisis.
IMAGE: The man wearing a wig like British judges still do and gentlemen in the Middle Ages did is parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.
IMAGE: With Wickremesinghe after the inauguration of a new session of parliament is his successor as prime minister, Dinesh Gunawardena.
IMAGE: Wickremesinghe leaves parliament as Prime Minister Gunawardena and Speaker Mahinda Abeywardena look on.
Photographs curated by Manisha Kotian/Rediff.com
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